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Believe it or not, Liel Abada may soon have competition for the rather niche title of ‘The Most Exciting Israeli footballer in Glasgow’. 

Clearly, Oscar Gloukh is no ordinary 18-year-old.  

And while comparisons with one Mesut Ozil may be viewed as more of a hindrance than a help these days – a symbol of how the former Arsenal outcast is viewed by modern audiences – the stylistic similarities between Gloukh and the 2014 World Cup winner paint a rather pretty picture of an inventive, insightful attacking midfielder who could locate a needle in a haystack while blindfolded.

“He’s less languid and definitely works harder off the ball, but I get a whiff of Ozil about his creative style,” reporter and renowned spotter of up-and-coming talent Sam Tighe writes on Twitter.  

“He does not rely on athleticism and finds angles to passes or runs which most others can’t see.” 

Oscar Gloukh: The Israeli Mesut Ozil?

Ozil was 21 when he got his big break, snapped up by Real Madrid after dazzling at Werder Bremen. Gloukh, having only turned 18 in April, could make the move to a major European club far earlier in his career. 

According to the Scottish Sun, Europa League runners-up Rangers watched Gloukh during Israel’s 2-1 win over France’s U19s this week. Though it remains to be seen whether The Gers are willing to pay the £8 million Maccabi Tel Aviv want for their teenage talisman. 

Espanyol have already put £4 million on the table (Ynet). Borussia Dortmund are interested too, with Gloukh’s agent hoping to tie up a deal within the coming days.  

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At least, with future superstar spotter extraordinares Ajax deciding against making a move for the time being – Gloukh’s price-tag reportedly proving prohibitive – that is one major obstacle removed from Rangers’ path. 

Could Rangers really land Oscar Gloukh?

“He is a mature, smart and technically brilliant attacking midfielder,” former Maccabi Tel Aviv chief Christian Carlsen tells ESPN, translated by Sport1. “Someone who sometimes plays as number eight, sometimes number ten or as a creative winger.” 

Hence those Ozil comparisons. 

“It is very difficult to stop him when dribbles in front of the defender. Gluch is a brilliant dribbler and he always seems to collect the ball in the most ideal positions and manages to set up chances for his teammates with his precision,” adds Carlsen.  

If Gloukh does end up at Ibrox, following compatriot Abada to Glasgow, next season’s Old Firm derby could have another intriguing subplot to add to the collection. 

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